Michael A. Jenkins, President

​​"Never grow up." - Peter Pan

"The noblest art is that of making others happy." - P.T. Barnum


Awards, Experience, & Projects:


  • Roaring Lambs Award - 2015
  • Father of the Year Award - 2015
  • D CEO Magazine-July/August 2015
  • Dallas Press Club Headliner of the Year Award-2014
  • Produced President John F. Kennedy Commemorative Event, Dallas, TX, 2013
  • Tony Award for Best Musical–2013, Kinky Boots
  • Oak Cliff Lions Club Humanitarian Award–2012
  • Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management
  • The Broadway League–2011 Dallas Black Dance Theatre
  • Founder’s Day Award–2011
  • Tony Award for Best Musical–2010, Memphis
  • ​​Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play-2008,    BOEING-BOEING
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play-2008, BOEING-BOEING
  • Tony Award for Best Theatrical Event-2007,
    ​Jay Johnson: The Two and Only

  • Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Community Service for Outstanding Contributions in Arts Leadership–2003 School of Music
  • Yale University, Cultural Leadership Citation–Recognition of Service to the Cultural Life of a Nation, 2002
  • Leon Rabin Spirit of Centennial Award, 2002 
  • Long-standing Commitment and Service to Fair Park, 2000
  • Six-time recipient of IAAPA recognition for outstanding contributions to the Amusement Industry
  • Best Amusement/Entertainment Zone Developed The 1982 World's Fair, Knoxville, TN 
  • Texas Showman's Association Award
  • Co-produced the CBS national telecast of the Miss Teenage America Pageant for six years

Michael A. Jenkins is President of Leisure and Recreation Concepts, Inc. (LARC), a design and consulting firm for the entertainment industry that includes theme parks, water parks, special event productions, and a variety of other attractions. Jenkins founded this unique company over 46 years ago. In that time LARC has worked on more than 1,100 projects  including the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky; Messilla Beach Water Park in Kuwait; Yale University’s Tercentennial (300-year) Celebration, which was up-linked on satellite and broadcast around the globe; Splashicana Water Park in Corsicana, Texas, slated to open the summer of 2017; and the ICR Discovery Center for Science and Earth History, completion expected in late 2017.


In establishing LARC, Jenkins recognized the need for a single firm which could conceptualize, evaluate, plan, build and operate an identified concept within the entertainment and tourism industries. While there were other companies performing some of these functions, none offered a total package which could deliver a financially feasible, aesthetically pleasing and highly functional facility to a developer or owner. In doing this, he has consciously developed a staff having the appropriate technical knowledge and experience to provide clients with the highest quality service. LARC's research department studies trends in the leisure, recreation, entertainment and theatre industries, in addition to planning, design, and management; LARC also maintains one of the largest amusement and entertainment libraries.

Michael has over 56 years of experience in the Leisure Industry. He worked as a former Vice President of Six Flags Over Texas, has been involved in more than 250 Broadway musicals, the planning and design of numerous theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, convention/conference centers, location-based entertainment centers, multi-use centers, resorts, natural attractions, cultural and heritage attractions, themed retail and restaurants, zoos and museums. Michael has dedicated his life to creating entertainment for the whole family.


The theatre has always been Michael's first love, starting as an usher at the age of 14 working under his mentor, Charles R. Meeker, Jr., at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Michael's philosophy is that “show business” is about being creative and putting on the show, but also running the show as a “business." Michael is the founder and CEO of the successful company Starlight Entertainment, in which he has produced over 20 smash hit shows! To read more about Starlight Entertainment and Michael's many Broadway accomplishments, click here. 


Education:

Baylor University, Theatrical Management

Associations:

  • American Heart Association Dallas Division Board of Directors Past Chair Communications Coordinating Committee
  • Bartner/Jenkins Entertainment (Producer)
  • Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences            (Advisory Board) 
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (Advisory Board) 
  • The Broadway League (Board of Directors)
  • First Dallas Media (Board of Directors) 
  • Independent Producers Network
  • Kathryn Hall Vineyards (Advisory Board)\
  • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) 
  • International Association of Assembly Managers